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Do you want to see your doctor’s medical notes?

December 20, 2011

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Peter Wehrwein, Contributor, Harvard Health

Peter Wehrwein was the editor of the Harvard Health Letter from 1999 to May 2012. He is currently a freelance writer and editor, and contributes to the Harvard Health blog and Before editing the Health Letter, … See Full Bio
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Staci Perry
January 10, 2012

I came across this article while researching cellulite for a project I’m doing. I never really thought about it before but you bring up some valid points. With the technology today it is very possible and I could see it actually make me feel lime I have more of personal relationship with my doctor instead of him just being my “doctor”. Either way it was an interesting read and I wanted to let you know I appreciated it.

January 5, 2012

i think that its a great idea but some screening procedure should also be kept in place which willnot allow patients to see those notes about them which are likely to make them upset…like commenting on alcohol dependence…

Heather Smith
January 3, 2012

It is right for doctors not to open their notes to their patients so that it will not complicate their unhealthy state of mind and body and let the doctors treatment make them recover. This is an intriguing post, but thanks anyway.

January 1, 2012

Yes share the notes.
I just had surgery a few weeks ago, and when I was meeting with my family DR for a follow up… I took the time to explain to him some of the pains and challenges I have been having over the last little while. He examined me, and while he was doing so, I looked at the screen at the notes that he had taken- and the notes did not reflect what I had just said- but clearly he had a hard time listening, digesting what I was saying, and summarizing what I had said in a manner that was clear and concise.

Carey Achee
December 30, 2011

Thanks for the article, it was interesting and compelling. I found my way here through Google, I will come back another time 🙂

December 21, 2011

Talking about the open notes and Dr. Suzanne Salamon’s suggestion on this I have something or you may say one experience to share here. I have seen one patient who is regular to a neuro-psychiatrist and her doctor has written on the prescription – “personality disorder” which is a very common problem. What her problem is that she is feeling more depressed because of this and as she is of 25 years this word is creating some problems for her suitors also.
Our problem is we understand that we are sick and we need medicine but hardly try to come out of the shell and accept the names of the problems that we are suffering from.
This happens because of the lack of knowledge that the common people have about the medical conditions. We need to educate the patients on this as open notes are very useful also. Everybody should be aware of the medical problems they are having. This also helps in the cure and the prevention procedure also.
Thanks for this valuable post!

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